For those of you out there who grew up in New Zealand, you will recognise this recipe, especially if you and your family own the Edmond's Cookbook, where this recipe was altered from. Anzac biscuits were originally made in WWI and sent to troops as they kept well over the long journeys. ANZAC is the acronym of Australia New Zealand Army Corps and Anzac Day is celebrated on the 25th April in both Australia and New Zealand. We eat these biscuits at any time of the year though, and they are a great little sweet snack perfect with tea (or sherry).
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup glutenfree flour*
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
100g (3.5oz) butter
1tbsp golden syrup*
1tsp bicarb of soda
1tbsp hot water
Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease a baking tray.
Melt the sugar and golden syrup in a pan (If using a block of dessicated coconut then melt this in too) Allow to cool. Mix together the flour, oats and sugar (if using dessicated coconut dry add at this point) in a bowl and add the melted mixture in. Dissolve the bicarb of soda in the hot water and add to mixture. You may need to add a little more water, do so a teaspoon at a time, the mix should be firm not soggy. Use a teaspoon to place mixture on the tray and squash down each one gently with a fork. Bake for 15mins in the centre of the oven. Makes around 36 (less if you make bigger spoonfuls but be aware these biscuits do spread in the oven!)
*We use Dove's farm glutenfree flour which is a mixture of different gf flours but gram/buckwheat or spelt flours would all work well depending on your preference and/or intolerance to these flours.
* We sometimes substitute honey for golden syrup, you could also try agave syrup or maple syrup
If you wanted to make these vegan, substitute vegan margarine for butter. We will try out a recipe with oil but we can't recommend this just yet!
The cat never makes enough of these and they are usually devoured still warm, if you don't eat these all in one sitting like us, they will keep in an airtight container for at least a month.